Franklin Keana Opunui
Franklin Keana Opunui, 84, died Jan. 7, 2021, at Park Lane Nursing Home, Scott City.
He was born on Nov. 3, 1936, in Maui, Hi., the son of John Likua Opunui and Mary Ellen Elaina Huihui.
He had been a resident of Dighton since 1979, moving from Junction City. He worked for Sprint and United telephone companies, retiring in 1986.
Franklin was a member of the Mormon church and a member of the American Legion.
From 1953 to 1976, he served in the United States Army as an aircraft mechanic, repairman and instructor. Franklin earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct medal, Master Aircraft crewman badge, Vietnam Campaign medal with 60 device, five overseas service bars, National Defense Service medal, 1st Oak Leaf Cluster and Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. During his time in the service, Franklin served in Vietnam, Korea, Germany, France and Thailand. At the time of his release, he had earned the rank of Sergeant E7.
On Sept. 6, 1982, Franklin married Nancy Zelfer in Ness City. She survives and lives in Dighton.
Franklin was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter.
A memorial service will be held at a later time.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Franklin Opunui Memorial Fund in care of Price and Sons Funeral Homes, Box 553, Scott City, Ks. 67871.